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Alexandria Library partners with Washington Wizards in
Winter Reading Challenge

The Washington Wizards, in partnership with the Alexandria Library, are hosting a Winter Reading Challenge dedicated to early readers, kids, and teens. The challenge is designed to build positive reading culture and improve literacy for the youth. Readers can earn prizes by completing activity challenges based on four main badges: Reading, Fitness Fun, Virtual Programs, and Connect & Share.

The reading challenge will run virtually on Beanstack, a reading application that makes it easy for participates to register, track their reading and earn virtual badges for completion. Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

The Wizards Winter Reading Challenge will run from January 1 – March 31 and registration opens Monday, December 21. The challenge is free and open to all youth in the DMV area.  Prizes will be distributed in April.

   Sign up online through Beanstack.

Calling all teen writers and artists!

It’s time for the Winter Creativity Contest for teen artists and writers in grades six through twelve. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 are awarded in each of six categories and your entry can be about any topic. Write, photograph, or create 2D art -- it’s up to you! Your entry can be something you’re already working on, or something completely new. 


The contest begins January 15, 2021 and entries are due by 11:59PM on February 15, 2021. Participants will be notified of the results by March 15, 2021.


Enter the contest and find more information about the Winter Creativity Contest by clicking here.

Upcoming Library Holiday Closures
Library Closures in January

While Alexandria Library is closed to the public, we will not offer telephone and curbside services for the following holidays in January:
View our list of other 2021 holiday closures here.
Virtual Programs at Alexandria Library
We're Closed But Our Virtual Programs Are Still On!
Join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.

Cooking with Kole! - Nutritious and Delicious!
Saturday, January 2 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm   
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen!

From My Window with Ms. Suzanne - My Blankie
Wednesday, January 6 at 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about what we can see from our windows. Designed for ages 2 to 4, but anyone can join!

Monthly Meditation
Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.

Employment in the City
Thursday, January 7 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Workforce Development Center staff members, Linda Gilmore and Anna Connor, for an overview of FREE employment services in Alexandria, VA.

First Friday Craft Feature - Origami
Friday, January 8 at 10:00am - 10:30am   
Join us on the first Friday of each month for a story and a craft! Pick up your kit through Duncan Curbside! The tutorial is available on our YouTube channel as well starting on the 9th!

Let's Talk Books: "Separation Anxiety" - Featuring the Author Laura Zigman
Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm   
Author Laura Zigman also wrote Animal Husbandry, Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work, and Her. She lives near Boston with her husband, son, and Sheltie.

Tween Art 101: Wall Hanging Craft
Tuesday, January 12 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Brighten up your space in the new year with a new decoration for your room.

Sustainability in Alexandria - City and Home Efficiency Upgrades
Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Experts will address easy ways to cut your energy bills while keeping your home or apartment sustainable and comfortable.

Scribbles Book Club - "Save Me a Seat" by Sarah Weeks
Wednesday, January 13 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Welcome to Scribble Book Club! While we aren't scribbling on the books, but we are meeting on Zoom twice a month to talk about a new story each month!

Curing the Holiday Debt Hangover
Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for this virtual presentation on how to dig yourself out from under the holiday debt.

Equitable Urban Development - Medellín, Colombia Case Study
Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. Delario Lindsey will detail the community-driven improvements happening in Medellín, Colombia that are creating sustainable and equitable living conditions in this remarkable city.

Preschool Storytime and Craft - Hats
Friday, January 15 at 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.

Death Cafe
Saturday, January 16 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying.
Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change
Thursday, January 21 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. Robert Ehrlich, professor of physics at George Mason University, will examine the options for renewable energy.
Romance Book Club
Monday, January 25 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us!
Cultivating Peace, Hope, and Resilience in the New Year
Friday, January 29 at 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Start the New Year right with a resolution to reduce stress by joining us for a guided program through meditation and yoga.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and more
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